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18 Mitch Moreland DH
Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 9/6/1985 | Birthplace: Amory, MS | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Texas | College: Mississippi State | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $502,700 | Owned/Started%: 7/1 | Average Draft Position: 257.32
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Mitch Moreland shifted to 60-day DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The Rangers cleared up a spot on the 40-man roster Thursday by moving designated hitter Mitch Moreland to the 60-day disabled list. Moreland is out for the season after undergoing ankle reconstruction surgery in June.  

Mitch Moreland had ankle reconstruction surgery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland underwent ligament reconstruction and bone realignment on his left ankle Monday, reports Fox Sports Southwest. He will be reexamined in a week.

Moreland is not expected back this season.


Mitch Moreland to have season-ending surgery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland will undergo season-ending ankle surgery Monday, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It's still unclear how invasive the surgery will be, but Moreland won't return in 2014, the report said.

He batted .246 with two homers and 23 RBI in 167 at-bats.


Mitch Moreland likely headed for season-ending surgery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland received another opinion on his left ankle Tuesday, and appears headed toward surgery, according to MLB.com.

Moreland visited with Dr. Ned Amendola in Iowa Tuesday, who confirmed that Moreland will required reconstructive surgery on his ankle. That procedure would likely end his season, though the surgery has not yet been scheduled at this time. 


Mitch Moreland to get third opinion on injury Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland is getting a third opinion on his injured ankle Tuesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

If Moreland opts to have surgery on the ankle, he's expected to need three months of recovery time, which would put him out for most of the remainder of the season. He has hit .246/.297/.347 with two home runs and 23 RBI in 167 at-bats.


Mitch Moreland goes on DL


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) The Rangers placed first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle injury. Moreland is getting a second opinion before deciding on ankle surgery.


Mitch Moreland seeking second opinion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Rangers first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland will seek a second opinion before opting for reconstructive surgery on his ankle, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Moreland is expected to miss at least thee months if he opts for surgery. He hit .246/.297/.347 over 167 at-bats before the injury.

Mitch Moreland opting for lesser ankle surgery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Rangers first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland decided to forgo reconstructive surgery on his ankle in favor of a lesser surgery, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Instead of being out three months, Moreland hopes to return in three to four weeks.


Mitch Moreland to miss three months


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland will miss three months following ankle surgery, according to ESPN. 

Moreland will undergo surgery this week. With the injury, the Rangers currently have 13 players on the disabled list. Moreland hit .246/.297/.347 over 167 at-bats.


Mitch Moreland to undergo ankle surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland will undergo ankle surgery this week, the team announced. 

The injury comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Moreland hadn't been dealing with any issues this year. The team is not sure how long Moreland will be sidelined at this time. He will be out for an "extensive" period of time. 


No need to rush to waivers to add Mitch Moreland


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) The loss of Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder hurt a lot of Fantasy lineups, and finding a replacement won't be easy unless you have enough depth to trade for a high-end Fantasy first baseman. If you end up going the waiver-wire route, many Fantasy owners will turn to Fielder's replacement -- Mitch Moreland -- but I'm not so sure that's the ideal move.

Moreland has been producing better as of late, but up until his 19-point Fantasy performance in Week 8, Moreland averaged 8.9 Fantasy points in the first seven scoring periods. He is hitting for a decent average, but the power isn't there.

We know Moreland is capable of belting 20-plus homers, as he showed last season, but there's still weaknesses in his game. He's still pretty bad against lefties, batting .167 with no home runs and two RBI in 16 games against left-handed pitchers this season.

I am intrigued with manager Ron Washington batting Moreland in front of slugger Adrian Beltre. Hopefully, that will provide him with the chance to see a lot of good pitches to hit, but I'm still not sold on Moreland. 

If you don't need an immediate option, then I'd consider adding Astros prospect Jon Singleton (owned 49 percent of leagues). If you need an immediate option, I would rather add James Loney, Juan Francisco, Adam Dunn and Justin Smoak off waivers over Moreland.


Mitch Moreland produces three-RBI game in win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland tallied three RBI during a 12-4 win Sunday at Detroit. Moreland, who finished 3 for 5 with one walk, had an RBI single in the fifth inning, an RBI double in the sixth inning and an RBI single in the seventh.

The three RBI tied a season-high for Moreland, who ran his season total to 21 RBI. He is batting .321 (9 for 28) with one home run, four doubles and eight RBI in his last seven games.


Mitch Moreland back as everyday first baseman


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) With Prince Fielder on the disabled list and likely out for the remainder of the season, the Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland is now back to being the team's everyday first baseman, MLB.com reports.

Moreland has bee limited to just 20 starts in his 30 appearances. He is hitting .277 with two homers and 17 RBI in 112 at-bats.

"I'm going to put Mitch's name in the lineup and let him relax," manager Ron Washington said. "I'm not putting any pressure on Mitch Moreland. He's my first baseman, just go out and play. We can't replace Prince Fielder's production. We don't have that guy. Prince is on the disabled list. Nobody can replace him. Let Mitch be Mitch."

Mitch Moreland tosses scoreless inning in blowout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland has found playing time a bit tough to come by recently, having just one start over the last week heading into Tuesday's game.

Moreland found a new way to get onto the field against the Rockies, as he appeared as a pitcher in a blowout loss. He tossed a scoreless eighth, retiring the side in order on 15 pitches.

Moreland also added a hit in his lone plate appearance, raising his batting average to .284 on the season. He has one home run in 74 at-bats on the season, while hitting .284/.329/.419.  


Mitch Moreland in left, Shin-Soo Choo at DH on Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Mitch Moreland will make his major league debut in left field Wednesday for the Rangers against Oakland.

Regular left fielder Shin-Soo Choo, who had been out with a sprained ankle, will start his second straight game as the designated hitter. He will return to his regular position when the team opens a weekend series against the Angels on Friday.

"He's begging to get in the outfield," Ron Washington told the Dallas Morning News. "He just came back. ... I'm not going to do that."

Moreland has played 45 career games in the outfielder, but all of them have been in right.


Jim Adduci in, Mitch Moreland out of Friday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) The absence of Mitch Moreland in the lineup Friday against the White Sox in favor of Jim Adduci is the result of Ron Washington simply yearning to give the latter his first start of the season for the Rangers rather than dissatisfaction with the former

"His at-bats have been excellent," Washington told the Dallas Morning News about Moreland. "I've been putting getting Adduci in there and I need to do it."

Moreland has reached base five times in the last two games and is batting .279 on the season.


Mitch Moreland makes an impact in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland put together his first game with multiple RBI Thursday, in an 8-6 win over the Mariners.

Moreland came up with a couple of big hits in the game, going 2 for 3 with a walk. He drove in two runs in the first inning with a single and then one more in the third on a double.

Moreland is hitting .279/.333/.465 with seven RBI and six runs scored in 14 games.   


Mitch Moreland earns chance to start opening day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Rangers DH Mitch Moreland drew the start opening day against the Phillies despite a left-handed pitcher on the hill. Rangers manager Ron Washington said he still might use Michael Choice at DH against some lefties, but he wanted Moreland in the opening day lineup.

"[Moreland] did a good job against left-handers in spring training," Washington said, per MLB.com. "We're going to face left-handers in Tampa Bay, and you may not see him. But this is Opening Day. I feel he deserves it."

Moreland has a career .236 average against lefties. Though, he hit .416 (5 for 12) against lefties this spring.

"It's opening day," Moreland said. "I'm just happy to be out there and get the opportunity to play and help the team win."


Mitch Moreland goes 2 for 3 in return to lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Rangers outfielder Mitch Moreland returned to the field for the first time in a week Monday and went 2 for 3 with one walk and two RBI in his team's 6-2 win over the A's.

Moreland dealt with a strained oblique last week but should be good to go for the team's opener. He's 9 for 33 with eight walks this spring.


Mitch Moreland: I'll be ready for opening day


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2014) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland expressed certainty that he will be ready to roll for opening day despite a ribcage injury. He plans on taking batting practice Thursday and return to game action next week.

Moreland added that there was no doubt he will play the season opener against Philadelphia on March 31.


Mitch Moreland could begin season on disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland could open the season on the disabled list due to his strained left oblique muscle, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Moreland suffered the injury making a throw from left field Monday. The team hopes he can recover as fast as Alex Rios did when he missed eight days with an injury that was just as severe.


Mitch Moreland expected to miss a few days


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Rangers DH Mitch Moreland sat out Tuesday's spring game due to tightness in his left oblique. Moreland is expected to sit out a few days after getting hurt Monday, per MLB.com.

Mitch Moreland exits game with oblique tightness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Rangers outfielder Mitch Moreland was removed from Monday night's game after two innings due to tightness in his right oblique, the team announced.

Moreland went 0 for 1 before being removed with the injury. He's 7 for 30 with six RBI and seven walks this spring.


Rangers manager projects 2014 lineup/batting order


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Rangers manager Ron Washington provided his projected lineup/batting order for the 2014 season, according to ESPN.

Washington has penciled left fielder Shin-Soo Choo into the leadoff spot. He will be followed by shortstop Elvis Andrus, first baseman Prince Fielder, third baseman Adrian Beltre, right fielder Alex Rios, DH Mitch Moreland, catcher Geovany Soto, second baseman Jurickson Profar and center fielder Leonys Martin.


Rangers, Mitch Moreland agree to one-year deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) The Rangers and first baseman Mitch Moreland have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.65 million, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Moreland hit .232/.299/.437 with 23 home runs and 60 RBI in 462 at-bats last season while making 146 appearances at first base. His role is in flux, however, after the Rangers acquired first baseman Prince Fielder earlier this offseason. This was the first time Moreland was eligible for arbitration.